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King of Code by CD Reiss
Publication Date: September 18th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

From New York Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, comes a sexy tale of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and a love worth crossing a continent for.

Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.

The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.

The edge of utter humiliation.

He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.

His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.

Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.

Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.

Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.


“About time!” the older lady shouted.

“Is Harper back?” I asked, handing the bags to the blushing redhead.

As if summoned, Harper came through the swinging door, keeping it open so everyone could get past. She looked at me through the screen.

“You coming in?” she asked.

“We need to talk.”

“Did the decryption key work?”

The door slapped closed behind her as she came out, and we were alone. The way the setting sun hit her cheeks made her glow, and the strands of gold hair at the edges looked translucent. She belonged on a postcard.

I kept forgetting she was holding me hostage. I kept forgetting I needed to think strategically. I had more at stake with this girl than I’d ever had with another.

“Did you doubt it would work?”

“Not really. I’m just making conversation.”

“What are the thorns about?” I pointed at the thorn bed that had eaten my phone and went down the stairs to the yard.

She came after me. “Don’t you have these where you’re from?” She snapped a dry twig off the end.

“Roses? Yes. Impenetrable, groomed thorn bushes in our yards? No.”

“It’s not normal to give the gardeners in town something to do?” We walked around the perimeter.

“You are not normal.”

“It still blooms in spring. It’s really nice. You should see it.”

We were at the back end of the yard, where the very top of the factory’s roof cut the horizon.

I took her hand, pulling her to a stop. “Harper.”

“Taylor?” Her hair flew in her mouth when she turned, and she drew her finger across her cheek to get it out.

What was I supposed to tell her again? That I knew we’d interviewed her. That I didn’t give her the job despite her having a leg up on everyone else we saw.

But was I contrite? Accusatory? Was I just going to relay information? What did I want out of her after I told her I knew?

“Thank you for helping today,” she said. “If you’d asked me when we met, ‘Would Taylor Harden help clean the factory?’ I would have said, ‘No, not for any reason.’ But there you were. Pushing a broom. Scooping up shit. Not being an asshole.”

“My watch was at stake.”

“Yeah. Whatever. You can say what you want to keep your reputation as a shithead intact.”

“I have a reputation as a shithead?”

“You know you do.”

I did know it, and I reveled in it.

She faced me and put her other hand out. I took it, holding both hands between us. I couldn’t help it.

“Well, you guys are such a bunch of sad sacks I had to help. And let me tell you, every guy in Barrington has a little asshole in him. Trust me. I’ve played pool with them.”

“I want to say…” She stopped herself as if she really didn’t want to say. “Let’s get together tonight and get you another decryption code. But… saying this is stupid.” She bit her lip.

“Say it anyway.”

“The sooner you get four codes, the sooner you leave.”

I looked at our hands so I wouldn’t have to look at her.

“I’m not sure if I want that,” she said.


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About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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I recently discovered C.D. Reiss and have been devouring her books ever since. One of my favorite duets from her is The Games Duet. I was consumed by that story and so many of her standalone novels. So I was a bit surprised to see how much I struggled to get into King of Code.


Taylor Harden is ready to make a name for himself and become they next king of technology. He is so sure of himself, he guarantees no one can hack his system. Imagine his surprise when he is ready to unveil his creation and is hacked in front of the media. Embarrassed and humiliated, he needs to find the hacker and get his code unlocked.


Harper Watson is from nowhere, USA. Barrington to be exact. A town abandoned and crumbling around the few remaining citizens. Harper Watson is determined to make it thrive again. But at what cost? Can she control Taylor enough to get what she wants for her town and herself?


Kind of Code was a mixture of intrigue, suspense, revenge and hope and redemption. When Taylor heads to Barrington to find the hacker, he is surprised to find Harper Watson. She was not what he was expecting and her demands rattled him. But she also intrigues him to his very core. Torn between saving his company and wanting Harper, he is so outside his comfort zone, he is perplexed on what his next steps should be.


King of Code was told entirely in Taylor’s point of view, which was very interesting. Taylor was so determined and confident, it was interesting to see him falter while in Barrington. Should he follow his head or his heart? Harper was an enigma. Did she hate Taylor and was revenge her only motivator? What did she really want and need from him? She was strong, feisty and very determined, but she was also vulnerable.


I struggled with the first twenty percent of this book and felt a bit lost. Slowly we are given insight into Taylor and those around him, including Harper. There was so much cloak and dagger in the beginning of the story, it was hard to really understand what was happening and why. But around half way through the book things really started to pick up and the story really took off for me.


I debated with what to rate this book. I struggled to really get into the first part of the book, but as the story continued, I was pulled in and wanted to see how it would end. So in the end, I went with 4-stars, because I never gave up and wanted to see what would happen next. Give this book a chance and determine for yourself. I must say I am very curious about Keaton’s story.

~ Liz


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